Otaku, subjectivity and databases: Hiroki Azuma’s Otaku: Japan’s database animals. Schäfer, Fabian; Roth, Martin. Posted at the Zurich Open. Otaku, subjectivity and databases: Hiroki Azuma’s Otaku: Japan’s database animals. Digital Culture & Education, 4(2) Copy. Hiroki Azuma (東 浩紀, Azuma Hiroki) (born May 9, ) is a Japanese cultural critic, novelist, Otaku. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Azuma, Hiroki. () “The Animalization of Otaku Culture” Mechademia 2 –

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The corporate system lives in the half world between systems, simultaneously trying to manufacture desires and respond to desires that are not manufactured. An influential Japanese literary critic and philosopher. This book left me with a lot of questions, and it’s fine this way.

Otaku each molded her into a different thing. If Otaku want to be bastions of creativity, they should forget maid cafes and Shade created virtual cuties and turn their attention to inventing new products for Japan’s future, solving global otsku or working to be contributors to the development of long term real culture instead of shallow commercial culture and social isolation.

He explains the concept of database and how we have moved from consuming narratives to consuming data elements that we can customize, using the otaku as an example to explain something that is happening globally in our consumer culture. Look out the window. This book of the very well known Japanese philosopher and cultural critic Hiroki Azuma Most of them are very succesful in business managers, etc with families and often run their own companies.

Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals

Hiroki Azuma Translated by Jonathan E. I wasn’t very thrilled about this onslaught of terminology I have never encountered before and didn’t even expect to encounter in a book about Japanese subculture.


Mar 28, Patrick Lum rated it liked it. Liberals understand that the post-moderns are highly creative and radical in thought but deeply conservative about social relations and change in the real world. Aug 12, Tim rated it really liked it. To be prudent, however, I would admit that Azuma doesn’t always make these conclusions, either attributing them to someone else, or inverting oyaku question “couldn’t it be said that.

Japan’s Database Animals inwhich analyzes Japanese pop culture through a postmodern lens. Some arguments are overly-represented or fuzzy, but the writing is a deliberate attempt to be clear.

When the underground otaku subculture first emerged in the s, participants were looked down on by mainstream Japanese society as strange, antisocial loners.

Review of Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals

Hiroki Azuma’s ‘Otaku’ offers a critical, philosophical, and historical inquiry into hrioki characteristics and consequences wzuma this consumer subculture. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

And believe it or not, animation technology runs parallel with visualization technologies in all of science. Selected Writings Volume Three pp. It’s neither a copy of Rei, not something completely original. A publishing event—the highly influential best seller in Japan translated into English.

On the surface both books approach totally different cultural representations and processes.

Hiroki Azuma: The philosopher of ‘otaku’ speaks

This framework is useful for understanding questions that always bugged me about Gundam SEED and its sequel If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. I’m not sure American geek-culture is advanced in this direction as Japan’s — ltaku A Game of Thrones and Xzuma Wheel of Time, despite cobbling together parts from older fantasies, show that the thirst for grand narrative is still alive and well in the US, but Internet culture is clearly headed in that direction.

All images otxku used with permission or are permissible under fair use. A person is thrust into a world so much was elucidated by Heidegger which is constructed by others. Why should all this matter? For the Japanese footballer, see Hiroki Azuma footballer.


Do they contribute to the betterment of others. She is recovering and returned to work, but with help from doctors.

Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals by Hiroki Azuma

Most of the true otaku are just people like you and me whose hobby is simply Anime, etc same as guys into hot-rods, Bikes, Model Railroad, etc. It certainly changed the way I’ll be consuming cultural products from now on. otqku

It offers an intriguing manner of viewing and reading many modern phenomena and sheds light on some aspects of Japanese popular culture I thought mysterious myself, yet never managed to see the pattern behind them, instead thinking them random coincidences.

The modern liberal mind is suspicious of the market and increasingly of the internet except as a directed tool but it actively loathes the idea of persons floating between and around multiple identities and destinies instead of locking themselves into some socially definable category.

And I think his core arguments are compelling and fairly easy to follow. I do not recommend this book to readers who are completely unfamiliar with Japan and anime subculture. September 15, Full Text: You don’t have to be an otaku to understand this book, it is basically just Azuma picking a specific subculture that he felt predicted our transition to a truly postmodern state.

Azuma manages to communicate his ideas and thought processes in simple language and with many examples.

I do surf the internet quite often, but only to look for information for my projects electronics, physics, computers